New mine safety laws for Tasmania will come into effect on February 28, 2011. The existing work health and safety laws (the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 and the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations 1998) will be changed to include sections that focus specifically on mine safety. The new laws require among other things the mine operator to: appoint a site senior officer with sufficient authority to close or suspend operations at the mine where there is an unreasonable risk to health and safety; possess a documented health and safety management system to protect the health and safety of mine workers and other persons who may be exposed to risks arising from mining operations; and consult with workers when developing or amending the system.
Source: Thomson Reuters’ Occupational Health News, 2 February 2011.
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